Solved Hard Disk Formatting--SATA 2 vs. SATA 3 Tags: Hard Drives SATA Computer Storage Last response: August 16, 2011 11:08 PM in Storage Share Jambe August 16, 2011 3:07:46 AM I suspect there is no difference but I'll ask to be sure... If a hard disk is formatted in a SATA II, 3.0GB/s computer, is there any difference compared to being formatted in a SATA III, 6.0GB/s computer? In other words, can I format my new SAMSUNG hard drive in my old SATA II, 3.0GB/s system while waiting for my SATA III, 6.0GB/s RMA'd M/B to be returned to me? More about : hard disk formatting sata sata Best solution Twoboxer a b G Storage August 16, 2011 3:10:11 AM Share Yes you can use it. "Formatting" refers to what's on the physical disk. SATA II/III basically refers to how fast the data can be transferred, the protocol between the controller and the cpu. Dereck47 a c 504 G Storage August 16, 2011 3:24:17 AM Formatting a drive has no relation to a computer's SATA specification. SATA II & SATA III are just specs which indicate the maximum data transfer rate. When you format a drive you are just preparing it to be read/written by an o/s (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.) Related resources Does g31m-es 2 l mother support 1tb sata hard disk - Forum Sata 6.0 Hard disk - Forum Connecting 2 .5" SATA Disk to Desktop Internal SATA - Forum SSD caching SATA 2 vs SATA 3 - Forum Sata 3 Hard disk pluged into Sata 2 port - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Jambe August 16, 2011 3:44:11 AM How do I "Select as best answer" when both replies are equally 'Best"? I figured there wouldn't be any difference. Thanks for confirming that. Dereck47 a c 504 G Storage August 16, 2011 3:49:25 AM Select Twoboxer, he replied 1st. Jambe August 16, 2011 3:55:33 AM Best answer selected by Jambe. Jambe August 16, 2011 10:55:03 PM I should have asked this in my original post... Is formatting any different when using Windows 32-bit vs. 64-bit? Twoboxer a b G Storage August 16, 2011 11:08:59 PM No, its not. Any disk formatted under, eg, Win7 32-bit can be used by Win7 64-bit. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Are SATA 3 .0 Hard disk faster? Forum Please help me, i want to add new 1 tb WD sata hard disk in my G31M-ES Forum Best Hard Disk Sata 3 below $100 Forum 2 nd SATA disk not recognised by Vista on restart Forum Sata 2 vs Sata 3 Forum Sata 3 hard disk drive in an external disk enclosure Forum 500GB sata hard disk not detected in BIOS and Disk management using USB sata cab Forum SATA hard disk is not detecting in MSI K8MM-V with AMD Athlon 64 CPU Forum can't initialize sata hard disk (using pci controller) Forum To RAID or not to RAID, backup advice. Forum Hard disk problem, disk failing is wdcw025oobekt-60a25t1 sata disk device, what Forum Hard Drive Failure? Forum Shuts down when i put hard disk Forum Lg external hard drive format Forum Can i switch my hard drive from sata3 to sata6 Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !